Special Feature- Ardèche Trip 2017
- By Elizabeth Woolford
- Posted 20th September 2017
In July, some of our student and staff visited the sites of Ardèche and Mimosa, in the South of France. Organiser, Mr Smith has written up a review of the fantastic experience. Have a look at his report below:
The trip to the sites of Ardèche and Mimosa, in the South of France was a fantastic experience. The trip, spanning over 9 days, saw our pupils descend the Ardèche River over 3 days, experience the delights of Aqualand, visit the towns of Valon and Cap D’agde and an action packed schedule of water sports at the Mimosa site. The trip is designed to challenge pupils, provide new experiences, sample different cultures and allow the year group to bond.
After arrival at Segries, everyone quickly settled into their new accommodation, this year we stayed in 4-person chalets, which are very warm, but our little village soon started to feel like home. After a (very!) wet river talk we were then ready to launch ourselves on to the river. We soon found ourselves canoeing under the famous Pont d’arc but we resisted the temptation to jump off it into the water. The fact that it is 35 metres high might have helped with that decision but we did manage to do some jumps further along the river.
After 3 days of taking in all the amazing scenes by the river we packed up and pointed south towards the South Coast, stopping at Aqualand on the way.
We stayed in tents in Mimosa – just as well as it was so hot every day. The wind and sea conditions varied so we had to change some of the activities as a result. Even so we took part in included sailing, bodyboarding, sit-on-kayaks, yet more cliff jumping and banana boats.
Some of the comments in feedback:
"It was a great trip, I had lots of fun and I have done things I didn't know I could do, like rock jumping, and had an outstanding experience with my friends."
"Every day was an amazing adventure. I made new friends and honestly had the best time."
"The banana boat was the best fun!"
"When your teachers seem like friends, you know you're on holiday".